# What mathematics do I need to understand physics?

Ok so i am really into science, i know about relativity, quantum mechanics, chemistry... But all of that is just knowledge, for example i could explain the double slit experiment or the uncertainity principle but i don't understad the math AT ALL. The problem is that i am only 15 years and at school we do not learn advanced math or something... so delta , derivative, tensor, intergral, sigma ... they don't say anything to me. I really would like to understand physics formulas but i can't seem to find much knowledge on the internet?

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- VORaLv 610 years agoBest Answer
In schools and colleges, the curiculum is designed to be balanced, that is, sufficient knowledge of each subject is included so as to make a clear understanding of the other related subjects. Hence, I would suggest that you need not make a jump into an advanced branch of a particular subject as this will leave a deficit in other areas. You may take up the science stream in the intermediate level and opt for physics main in graduation course. A post graduation in physics will be the next logical step. In all these courses, the required knowledge of maths is included in the curriculum. A specialisation may be thought of after the above courses only.

- pzifissshLv 710 years ago
This book will not teach you physics, but after you have read it, you will have a much clearer picture of what you need to learn if you want to get serious about physics.

http://www.amazon.com/Road-Reality-Complete-Guide-...

The first fifteen or so chapters just talk about math. Then it dives into general relativity, quantum mechanics, and a discussion of the thermodynamics of the cosmos. After that, it discusses quantum field theory, string theories, and "where do we go from here?" but after the thermodynamics chapters, the coverage starts to get a little thin. By the time he gets half way into the string theory section, it's come down to a mostly math-free pop-science type of treatment. Not too much of a surprise, since the author's main passion in physics is to understand the cosmos.

- 10 years ago
I have taken AP Physics and currently IB Physics HL the most required math course, I would say, would be Pre-calculus. You need to understand vector resolution. Formulas. Refined algebra skills. And the ability of thinking fundamentally and situationally.

Calculus is not needed like some others have stated except for certain courses. AP Physics B requires no calculus. AP Physics C does require calculus. IB Physics HL and SL do not require calculus.

Source(s): Myself - Anonymous10 years ago
www.physicsforums.com is a great sight. You can understand physics (though not rigorously) without the math, as it seems you are doing. Pick up a pre-calculus book and start from there. To really understand physics you need to understand the calculus behind it. Being that physics is all about change, as is calculus.

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- rambrijLv 43 years ago
placed funds into mathematical techniques books for scientists and engineers or physicists and engineers. There are particularly some textbooks available with comparable titles that usually have around 900 pages or so, containing content commencing from pre-calculus to partial differential equations. in ordinary terms one in each of those textbooks could open your eyes a lot to what you have been uncovered to in physics. good success with studying arithmetic!

- 10 years ago
Algebra (advanced) for now would give a superficial understanding, however it will have to be calculus if you want real understanding and the ability to meaningfully utilize equations.

Statistical analysis would be useful but far less so than calc.

My skill has always been the formation of equations, so naturally I found algebra and by large calc enjoyable.

Source(s): BE (honours) /BsC (physics) - Sean BLv 610 years ago
It depends.

Elementary physics only requires knowledge of formulae and how to solve them. Algebra II should be sufficient in this case.

Advanced physics/AP Physics uses extensive knowledge of calculus.

- 10 years ago
hi, congrats for having an aptitude in physics...when i was 15 i had the same problem...i will suggest you the bible of physics ....Feynman Lectures in Physics Vol 1 for gen mechanics...Vol 2 for electricity....Vol3 for quantum...resonance cavities and stuff....and yeah plzz remember that knowledge is evolutionary and comes only when patience combines with interest....what you are saying has far deeper consequences than you actually realize...every mathematical aspect requires indepth concept and you must be fexible with them....its not just about doing them...but using them...like toys and playing with them to explore physics....best of luck